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AC261_WIESS_FAMILY_COLLECTIONTHE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -261 Wiess Family Collection, 1918-1950s DESCRIPTION Simon Wiess, born in Poland in 1800, moved to Texas in 1833 after traveling extensively around the world. After working in Nacogdoches until 1838, he settled in an area on the Neches River north of Beaumont which came to be known as Wiess' Bluff after the success of a general store that Simon Wiess ran there. He died in August of 1868. A number of members of the Wiess family became prominent businessmen in the Beaumont area. This small collection consists of a typed manuscript about the Wiess family history and newspaper articles about the Wiess family.